BBB goes to Thessaloniki “Let’s talk through shorts” at University of Macedonia

Balkans Beyond Borders, in collaboration with the MA in History, Anthropology and Culture in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe of University of Macedonia and Culture Border Gender Lab, organized a movie-day on 13 of May with the title: “Let’s talk through shorts” with short film screenings and open discussion about contemporary topics. Through “Let’s talk through shorts” we wanted to meet the curious and challenging persons addressing social issues in a creative manner.

 ‘Let’s talk through shorts’ 

‘Let’s talk through shorts’ featured short films, both documentaries and fiction, selected from previous editions of Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival. The event consisted of two screening sessions: Labour Migration & Forced Migration and Gender Challenges. The short films were produced by young filmmakers across the Balkans addressing current social issues. 


Film screenings programme

12:00-12:15 opening session – presentation of Balkans Beyond Borders

12:15-14.00 – screening – GENDER CHALLENGES 

Sunshine through the rain, Hristo Simeonov, Bulgaria

Call me Barbara, Ana Jakimska, North Macedonia

The invisibles, Ishak Jalimam, Monika Šimunac, Nita

Zeqiri, Petar Antevski, North Macedonia

Goldfish, Yorgos Angelopoulos, Greece

HOME, More Raca, Kosovo

A month, Zgjim Terziqi, Kosovo


14.00 – 14:30 – discussion 

15:00 – 15:30 – break 

15:30 – 16:30 – screening – LABOUR AND FORCED MIGRATION

Half-Half, Eva Matarranz and Florence Guenaut, Slovenia

Yalena, Dimitris Abatzis, Greece

Little Father, Ioana Georgeta Turcan, Romania

Feeling of a home, Io Chaviara, Michalis Kastanidis, Greece

The european dream: Serbia, Jaime Alekos, Serbia

Aria, Myrsini Aristidou. Cyprus

At the border, Laurent Rouy, France

16:30 – 17:00 – discussion 


The screenings raised a very interesting dialogue after both sessions among professors, institutions and students who attended. The conversation was led by Tea Vaxevanou, MA student. The purpose of this action was to promote visual anthropology, local filmmaking and opportunities for youngsters interested in cinematic discovery and research. 

We want to thank our Ambassador Ruxandra Pătrașcu, (MA Student at the MA in History, Anthropology and Culture in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe of the University of Macedonia) for organizing the whole project.